PM explains how technology, decision-making will help India ‘create new Singapores’

The Prime Minister explains how technology, decision making will help India to

The Prime Minister spoke about his philosophy of governance.

New Delhi:

In an exclusive to NDTV, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is working to bring changes in the bureaucracy and decision-making process to implement major schemes using technology. The Prime Minister gave an example of the use of technology to survey islands in India.

Speaking to NDTV Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Pugalia, Prime Minister Modi said, “India has approximately 1,300 islands. I was surprised to know that we did not have a record or survey of these islands. Using space technology, we surveyed them and some islands have the same size like Singapore.It means for India it is not difficult to build new Singapore.We are working to bring changes in the bureaucracy and the decision making process for implementing schemes.

Singapore has developed into one of the most prosperous nations in the world. The island nation has developed into a free market economy, a global financial hub and a country that has witnessed infrastructural and technological development

In a follow-up question on the Prime Minister’s Singapore reference, Mr Pugalia asked: “If we are talking about infrastructure or development, we can expect a lot of changes to happen soon,” to which the Prime Minister replied: “A lot of changes will happen.”

“We are actively promoting the vision of a digital embassy. We are witnessing a digital revolution in the country. It is the biggest tool to empower the poor and reduce the inequality gap. Therefore, the digital revolution will play a big role in bringing change. I believe ,​​​​that India will lead the world in artificial intelligence, there is power in data because of India’s diversity,” the Prime Minister explained.

I recently met game content creators. I asked them how online gaming is trending in India and they said that internet is very cheap in India while it is expensive in the rest of the world. Cheap data opens up opportunities and people can access things online. There are over 5 lakh shared service centers in India, providing access to people even in rural areas. These initiatives are citizen-centric, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister talked about his philosophy of governance – “It’s P2G2”. Which stands for “Pro People Good Governance”. “I met Nobel laureate Professor Paul Romer in New York, we were discussing technology and he suggested we use software to store documents and showed him DigiLocker (A government to store digitized versions of documents) on my phone. He was surprised over it and said that India has excelled in digital infrastructure even more than the world believes.

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